Friday, July 30, 2010

28 days of magic (and maybe 29 too)

I know today is really the 30th day of the month, but I'm playing catch up with my 30 day challenge (Surprise Surprise, right). But before I begin on that, I will say that the 28th day of July is very special to me. My oldest son Chad was born on July 28th. He wasn't here to celebrate but he made it home yesterday so I am super excited about that.

Now onto day 28 of the challenge. What has been my most luxurious purchase. This one is simple, any single of of my vehicles. I'm not a big spender. Heck, we haven't even purchased a house yet. My college was paid off (and it wasn't much to pay at that) before I started except for a little little bit which I am paying on now. My wedding rings were cheaper (I'm not into big and flashy), my camera and computer were pretty cheap (what can I say... i love to find deals). So I am going to have to go with my car. I think we paid about $21,000 for my Durango. Best $21K I've ever spent. Even though Fred is dying now (that is my durangos name), he was a great truck!

Day 29 is about what we think our best feature is... Easy.. my boobs! Enough said. I'd post a pic, but well... my bloggy friends really don't need to see that!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My first Wordless Wednesday - Toes in the sand

2 days of fun

So I seriously think that I am the worlds worst 30 day challenge player. Mostly because it has been so rare that I've done the blog posting on the day at hand. Take today for instance, I'm going to group 2 days in one blog posting. I think that when I do a couple smaller notes on one day, they don't get read and then what is the point right?

So Day 26 wants to know what my most surprising moment was.

I am totally clueless as to what to write for this. I really don't like surprises, so I always know about things way before they happen. My husband and I both HATE surprises so we tend to tell each other everything. Neither of us like being the center of attention when we had no clue we were going to be. I knew about my bridal shower, my baby shower. Heck, I am even having a say in the details of my 30th birthday bash in September.

I guess I'll have to say when I found out I was pregnant with William. With the other boys, it wasn't so much a surprise when we found out. I had a feeling I was pregnant before I even was late for my period. But with William I had no idea. We HAD been trying for couple months. And by trying I'll say that I knew about when I would ovulate and we'd do "it" sometime in that week and see what happens. Well, it was in December Carl was cleaning the bathroom and found a random pee-stick under the sink. I forgot it was there truthfully. I had planned on waiting until after I was due to go to Walgreens to buy some but said eh, why not... A little tinkle tinkle and 3 minutes later, there was my plus sign..... Yep, I was surprised because I had NO idea this time.

Kind of lame story huh? Oh well, it is what it is. Now on to day 27. I get to brag about myself because I guess I get to tell you what I am good at! Woot Woot!!

Wait, now I have to think about the things I might be good at. Hmmm... OK, well here goes.

~Being a Mom. I guess I never would have said this but I've been told over and over how great my boys are, and how well behaved they are. I think that probably has something to do with how they were raised. I know I can't take 100% credit for this, but still... I must be doing SOMETHING right.

~Playing Soccer. Heck, I even coached my son's soccer team for a couple of years. I need to stop being so fat, so that I can play again. My heart couldn't take the abuse right now, haha

~Cooking. I love to cook, and make up new things. Though cooking cakes and other desserts are not my thing. I leave that to my husband (or to my friend Shannon when she comes for dinner, haha)

~ Dishes. Is it weird to be good at doing dishes? My mother taught me well

~Procrastinating... Why do something today when you can put it off until tomorrow??? That's my motto!

~Being the boss. I was a great boss back in the day. I can't wait to get out into the work force again and hopefully be the boss of some more people!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Holy HUGE house, Batman

Let's talk about dream houses for a minute. Everyone has their vision of their dream house? Right? Some people want a house on the ocean, some in the woods or on a lake. I've thought about my dream house for many many many years. It changes a little bit every now and again but the concept is the same.

I want a very modern / trendy kind of house. At least 5 bedrooms because each one of my boys needs their own room. I'd love 3 bathrooms as well.

I want some really nice tile in my kitchen and bathrooms but the rest of the floors need to be a light colored hard wood. I don't want carpet in my house. Anywhere! I'm all about area rugs. Carpet holds too many smells and I can not deal with that. I'd rather sweep and mop then vacuum and smell, haha!

All the rooms need to be different colors with the furniture and window treatments accenting the colors. Oh and I MUST have a library with a fireplace in the room. To some, a library might seem like a big room, but really, something the size of a den would do...

Now, how long until I get said house?? Hopefully not too long.

A weeks worth of missions

Day 24 is kind of a nosey day. It wants to know all about what I am doing.

Well, since I am late to day 24, I will wrote about July 24th and then 6 days after that. Does that work for you??

Saturday - The butcher, grocery shopping, movies and that is about it
Sunday - Yard work with the family and then splashing around in my pool
Monday - L is here along with my boys so pretty much doing artsy crafty type stuff and hanging out. When L leaves we'll be going for a walk and cooking dinner
Tuesday - Same as Monday
Wednesday - Same as Monday. It is also Chad's birthday!! YAY! To bad he wont be here until Thursday to celebrate
Thursday - Chad comes home!! Woot Woot! We'll be doing some birthday shopping while Carl is at work. We also have to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and spaghetti and meatballs. Carl picks Chad up at 455 and will bring him home to me where I will proceed to kiss and hug and embarrass my now 13 year old son!
Friday - Shopping with the boys for Chad's football stuff, park, pool, dinner

The life of a mom can be pretty boring sometimes, huh??? I guess this is a bad week for What am I doing??? haha

A never ending dark hole

Day 23 wants to talk about what I have in my purse.

Well, first off.. I'll tell you that I've been using a small black Coach. Not my usual big brown Coach tote so what I am about to describe is pretty good for carrying around such a small bag.

In my purse, you'd happen to find
~my wallet which carries my license, checkbook, credit cards and AAA card. Sometimes, you can find some cash in there, but it is highly unusual because I hate to carry cash.
~my keys
~my cell phone (well, most of the time)
~an elastic or two
~usually 3-5 receipts of things I got the last few trips to the store
~about $3 in change. All kinds of change. It always gets thrown to the bottom.
~3 or 4 pens. Usually 2 black and 2 blue. But always 2 black
~peppermint candies. I keep these in here for when my husband's blood sugar decides to drop a bit
~a sister angel ornament that my brother got me for my birthday 2 years ago
~insurance cards
~pantyliner and a tampon
~chap stick
~a hair clip

There might be more, but that is all I can think of at the moment

Friday, July 23, 2010

If I had a million dollars

I'd be rich!!

OK, I know that is a song. It's a pretty funny song I think but that is the theme of day 22. What would I do if I had a million billion dollars.

Sheesh, where would I start. I guess I'd buy a vacation home in Maine. I'd still want to live here in AZ because I LOVE the sun, so I'd probably buy a house in the richy rich part of Scottsdale.

I'd buy us all new cars and pay off all our debt. Then I'd take all my family / friends on a vacation to some place tropical like Bora Bora or Tahiti or something...

Sheesh, what wouldn't I do with a million billion dollars???

My free pass

So day 21 is fun!!! Talking about our celebrity crushes...

My husband and I have had the free pass conversation. Meaning, if we ever met our "crush" we would get a free pass to do whatever we want, haha!

Now, in all reality neither of us would actually do what we might think about doing but it's still fun to think about.

Here are mine. Again in no particular order

1. Chad Kroeger
Chad Kroeger Pictures, Images and Photos

2. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning Pictures, Images and Photos

3. Rob Pattinson

And again, this is in no particular order and it changes every now and again. I know they aren't "hunky" or GQ Sexy but mmmmmmmmm

Trials and Tribulations

Day 20 is all about the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with.

This one is a no brainer for me. I know a few of you know about this, but maybe some of you don't. Either way, here goes nothing.

I did not have the best life growing up. My Mom wasn't around as much as she should have been. My father was non existent. My brother and I hated each other up until a few years ago. I really had nobody but myself.

I didn't hang out with the best of people. Not that they are bad people, but probably not the best friends I could have chosen. I did great in school up until about my 9th grade year. I started slacking off and wanting to go out with my friends. I tried smoking pot (oh, the horror), I got into drinking. I met someone when I was 15. He was older then me. Old enough to no better, but what did I care. I looked older, he looked younger... everything worked out well... Well, until December 31st, 1996.

I found out I was pregnant with my oldest son Chad. I was ONLY 16 years old. I had no idea what I was going to do. Or even how to tell my mom. I was not with the older guy anymore. In fact, I had a really great boyfriend and had just started to get my head in gear for finishing high school, going to college and all that fun stuff.

My biggest worry was how I was going to tell my Mom. We had known someone that I had always rolled my eyes at who had 3 kids by the time she was 17. I did not want to end up like her. I usually just laughed when her name was brought up. She was only a year older then me, had dropped out of school, had 3 kids and was on Welfare. In my mind, I was scared to death I was going to end up like her.

I didn't have to tell my Mom. I got home one night and she was waiting for me in the kitchen. A "friends" Mom had called my mom and told her how old my "ex boyfriend was" and told her that she heard I was pregnant. My mom flat out asked me... I just nodded my head. We both cried and she left the house. I did not see her for 2 days after that.

There was a lot of back and forth on what we were going to do. Keep the baby, give the baby up for adoption, abort the baby. I decided to keep him. My boyfriend at the time wanted to stand by me and tell everyone that Chad was his. He loved me a lot. But stupid me, went back to my ex.

My son was born in July. I had to live on my own. I did not want to be a statistic. I went to school all day like any normal High School Junior, but then I had to work 8 hours at night. I never saw my son. He was either at daycare so I could go to school, or was a my grandparents house so that I could work. Obviously his father and I did not work out, because lets face it, how often does that happen. I was alone. This went on for two years until I graduated high school.

The day I got my diploma was the best day of my life. Not only because I know I worked my butt off with having a baby and paying all my bills and my own rent with NO welfare assistance, but I graduated in the top 50 of my class. I was so proud of myself for being able to turn my life around.

Anyways, that was by far the hardest thing I've EVER had to go through in my life.

These are a few of my favorite things

Day 19 is fun! I get to talk about 20 of my favorite things....

1. Chad
2. Kaleb
3. Christian
4. William
5. My husband Carl
6. My niece Lily
7. Chicken.. yep, chicken
8. Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream. They have so many flavors and always so yummy
9. The Ocean
10. Cheesecake
11. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
12. Dirty Dancing the movie
13. Sleeping past 10 AM. I haven't done this in years
14. Sweatpants... Hello comfortable!
15. My frends.... you know who you are
16. OOB Pier Fries
17. Chinese food from New England. SOOOOO yummy
18. Thunder storms
19. The sun... Love it
20. A day on the couch in my pajamas


Hmmm... Day 18 is all about our collections. I guess that is sort of a neat topic. I sat and thought about what I might collect.

~socks (only because the dryer monster always eats one and it's partner doesn't have a friend so in a bag it goes in hopes that the dryer monster will spit it out someday).
~water bottles (seriously, we have a ton near our bed.... *sigh*)

But I don't think she wanted to know about those kinds of collections. So then I had to think a bit more about what I might collect...

I never used to collect anything. But then when my mom passed away, I took over her snow globe collection. I used to get her a snow globe every single Christmas. We have a ton of them. After she passed away I wanted them back so now I have them. I need to work on getting some more.

I also want to start collecting the annual White House Christmas Tree ornament. Starting from 2008 when William was born. I need to work on ordering them up soon so wish me luck.

Pet Peeves..

Day 17 of the challenge is all about our pet peeves. We've all got them, right? I know I do. Anyways, here are a few of mine in no particular order

~ One-uppers. I can't stand people who constantly have to be one upping people. I've dealt with this in my personal life and when I was working, in my professional life.

~ Cliques. Again, hate them. We are all grown ups now, cliques should not exist. That being said, I am fine with people having their friends, but to be all cliquey and only include certain people is childish in my opinion

~Bad Drivers. And not just whoops, I had a moment bad driving, but people who are constantly driving bad. Talking / texting while driving and not being able to keep your car straight is annoying.

~ People who chew with their mouths open. Enough said..

~ Fake people... you know the kind. The ones who are all nicey nice and then talk crap about you behind your back.

There are more, but that is enough for now!

Friday, July 16, 2010

A lot of catching up to do..

So as most of you know, I've been participating in the 30 day blog challenge. Well, most of the others who participate have been keeping up. Me on the other hand, well I picked a bad month to try. We left for vacation after "Day 11" and I am just now sitting down to catch up. Instead of a bunch of separate blogs, I'll just combine them all into one.

So Day 12 is all about your biggest regret..

I'd have to say mine is not hanging out at my Aunts house just a little bit longer on July 15th, 2005. My brother had his 23rd birthday party up there and my whole family was there celebrating. Had I known this was the last day I would have seen my mom, I would have hung out a little bit longer. Instead, I left and went to her house to put the kids to bed. At least that was my excuse. The real reason I left was because I did not want to be around all the drinking that I knew was about to start. Now that I look back on it, I wish I would have hung out a little bit longer because that very next morning, she passed away. At my Aunts house. I felt so bad that I wasn't there, but everyone else was. I try to live my life with little to no regrets, but I still can't shake this one, not even 5 years later.

Day 13 talks about my ideal age.

I did not have the "best" childhood growing up. I wouldn't even say that I had good memories growing up so choosing a childhood age would not be in my personal best interest. I also had to grow up super quickly at the ripe old age of 16 because of poor decisions that I had made. I turned into a Mom on July 28th, 1997. I was only a child myself so I will not say that 16, 18 or even 21 were my best age. I've been pondering this for a few days now, because while I did not do my own blogging, I have been reading and wanted to come up with something that really worked for me. I think I will say the best age I've been so far is 28. My family completed itself at that age. I fell more and more in love with my husband and all my children at that age. I felt that my life was more settled. I can only hope that with each year that comes I will still feel this way, or even better.

Day 14 wants to know where it is I blog from.

Usually, it is from my couch, in the living room, in our "home" in Surprise, AZ. If you look back to my Mi Casa post you can see pictures of my house. This week though, I am coming to you live from Kennebunk Maine. God how I love Maine. If it were not for the snow in the winter and the humidity in the summer time, it would be the perfect place to live. Maybe I'll take pictures later and show you what my life in Kennebunk looks like.

Day 15 is all about my very own bucket list.

Have you ever seen that movie? If not, I highly recommend you watching it. One of the best movies that I have ever seen. Makes you think about life and all the things that you want to do before you pass away. I"ll keep my list fairly short, as there are a ton on it.. but here you go!

1. Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland
2. Drive a 69 Shelby GT500
3. Sit on the beaches of Turks and Caicos for a week, totally kid free
4. Go with my girlfriends on a cruise.
5. Pay for each of my children to go to whatever college they desire.

I know, that is not a lot, but those are the things that if I can accomplish in my life, will make me super happy!

Day 16 is a hard one for me. It is all about my worst habit. Now who exactly wants to admit their faults? I know I don't but all in good fun I guess I can share.

I think that my worst habit is picking at my face. Seriously, even if there isn't anything to pick at, I still do it. I have really fair skin so when I pick and poke it makes me all red and freaky looking. I really need to stop that.

Hmmmm... I guess that is it for this blog post. I'll post more later on how my vacation is going. I am having a really rough day and sent all 13 of my family members out to Carl's Aunts birthday dinner with out me. I think I am going to take some time to relax now. And catch up on some blogs that I have not been able to comment on.

Night all!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mi casa es su casa

Kind of anyways :-)

I don't have any pictures of my house with MY stuff in it, but the pictures I have will serve the purpose.

Here is the outside of my house from the front
Lovely, isn't she?

Here is the den and the dining room... looking at the front door from the kitchen


Ooops, here is the kitchen

Here are the stairs going up to the 2nd floor

Sorry, I don't have many pictures of the upstairs either. I'll get on that though.

Here is my view of the night time sky off of my bedroom deck!
Jealous huh?

Oh and here is half of my back yard. The other half currently houses an above ground pool!

***I can not wait until we buy our own house. Then we can decorate better and it'll feel like home. For now, it's a place to rest my head at the end of the day.

What is fear?

Day 10 talks about fears.

So, I guess I say to myself.. "Self - what are your greatest fears?"

I think my greatest fear is that my children will pass away before I do. No parent should have to live through their child leaving this planet before them. Parents are supposed to go first. It should be law.

Next to that is my fear of dying at the age of 44. We have a history in my family of women dying at 44. My Mother and Grandmother both died at that age. They both had 7 year old grandchildren when they passed away. My oldest son is old enough to have a 7 year old when I am 44. I hope he makes better decisions then I did and that I will "Beat the curse" and not die at 44. If I live to 45, I am going to have one heck of a party, and ya'll are invited.

My other big fear is water. After almost drowning when I was little, I've had a fear of water that is over my head. I am a baby. I know!

Wedding Challenge

So day 9's challenge was all about our wedding. I know I've blogged about my wedding before but I figure I can throw in a few more pictures!

We were married on May 6th, 2007 (5/6/7.. easy to remember) in Hudson, NH! There is a very old, little chapel there with a whole story behind it and we decided it was the best fit for us. After we had decided on it we told my MIL and she then informed me that it was the same place her and my FIL were married so that made it even more special.

The day was beautiful. It was in the upper 60's and very sunny. That was super welcomed as for the whole entire month before our wedding, it did nothing but rain. We were worried that the grounds would be wet, and muddy but we lucked out that things seemed to dry up and bloom just in time for the wedding.

The reception was in Hollis NH. Not the greatest place, but we had fun and that is all that matters! Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Outside the Chapel

First kiss

My brother and I

Our amazing wedding party

The best friends we could ask for

So what, we were a little immature

We had a lot of fun

Go AJ, it's your birthday

Poor Joshua... embarassed as ever

Our boys were getting down with their bad selves

Friday, July 9, 2010

5 Question Friday

Today is also 5 Question Friday over at My Little Life. The rules are pretty simple. Copy and paste these question into your own blog, then link up here and go read everyone else's answers... Oh and have fun!

1. What is one food you could eat everyday?
Chicken. There are so many options with chicken and it is my absolute favorite thing on the planet... YUM!

2. Are you working in the career you thought you would be when you were 18?
In short, NO! When I was 18, I never would have guessed that I'd be a SAHM of four amazing little guys.

3. What is something that you wish you would have done when you were younger and you didn't?
College... like lived the total college life. I studied but wasn't into the whole dorm room thing, and college parties. *sigh*

4. What color are your kitchen walls?
A funky yellow! I want to change it

5. Do you remember what your very first favorite song was?
Ice Ice Baby..... Yeah, don't shoot me!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you played and I'll go check out your answers too!

Romance Flomance

OK, so the challenge of the day over at Prenda LeStelle is all about romance. More specifically, What does romance mean to me??

I had a really hard time with this. I mean, I guess I could state the obvious and go with the old school "courting, chaperoned walks, sitting on the porch with iced tea and stealing kisses" (pretty much quoted from Edward Cullen by the way) but that just seems lame to me.

I could also go with the candlelit dinners and walking on the beach in the moonlight but that is also kind of lame to me.

So after giving it a little more thought, I think that romance is more about spending time with the one you love. Doing anything and everything possible. Romance can consist of holding hands when you are at the mall, or that little kiss on the cheek when you are cooking dinner together. Romance is also curling up in bed and watching Bones, or American Idol together. Anything really, that the two of us are together and enjoying each others company.

Romance doesn't have to be commercial. They make everything look so amazing on TV, or when you read a book. Actually true romance is totally different then that. Well, at least to me anyways. I dunno, maybe I am wrong? But my vision of romance is just knowing that I love my husband and that no matter what we do, or where we go.... he loves me!

Check back later. Day 9 is all about our wedding... I wish I had all my wedding pictures on here. I'll have to find them so I have a more detailed blog post!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 7 Adventure..... Senses galore

Ok, again I am a day late but the task of the day is the five senses. What are you doing with your five senses right now...

Hear ~ Swiper no Swiping.... anyone guess what I am listening to right now?
swiper Pictures, Images and Photos

Touch ~ Hello laptop :-)
Inspiron 15 T4500 Pictures, Images and Photos

Taste ~ Don Francisco French Vanilla coffee.... Soooooo yummy
Don Francisco\'s Pictures, Images and Photos

See ~ Again, hello Swiper no Swiping..... God I hate this show
dora dora Pictures, Images and Photos

Smell ~ Carpet powder... Having a house that is 95% carpet, smells never go away so we take stock in carpet powder. I smell EVERYTHING! And I super worry when people come over that it is smelly in here and I missed it. Hopefully one of my fabulous AZ friends would tell me if it smelt bad :-)

Now, onto day 8 in my next post!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chef Jessie at your rescue

OK, so the day 6 theme is your favorite go to recipe... I have a couple so here you go!

The first one is a chicken corn chowder! I know it's hot in Arizona for chowder, but man oh man is it yummy!

•2 tablespoons butter
•1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
•1/2 cup chopped onion
•2 ribs celery, sliced
•2 small carrots, sliced
•2 cups frozen corn kernels
•2 cans cream of potato soup
•1 1/2 cups chicken broth
•1 teaspoon dried dill weed
•1/2 cup half and half or evaporated milk
In a large skillet, melt the butter or margarine; brown chicken. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. Add onions and celery to skillet and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes, until just tender. Add the onions and celery to crockpot, along with carrots, corn kernels, soup, chicken broth and dill to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours or until chicken is done and vegetables are tender. During the last 10 minutes, stir in the half and half or evaporated milk.

My second favorite recipe is a Hot Chicken Swirls appetizer...

2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated reduced-fat crescent rolls
1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
Separate each tube of crescent dough into four rectangles; gently press perforations to seal. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; spread evenly over rectangles. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seams to seal.
Cut each into eight slices; place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 64 appetizers.

And with either of those options you could throw along a nice Frozen Strawberry Margarita!! :-). Wait, who am I kidding, you could throw along a frozen strawberry margarita with ANY meal!!!

Favorite vacation and holiday

Day 5 has us talking about our favorite vacation that we've been on. As well as our favorite holiday....

Because I don't have much time to blog, I"ll keep this simple.

My favorite vacation was our honeymoon. We went on a cruise out of Miami Florida. The boat stopped in Key West, Cozumel and Belize. While I thought Belize was a dump we had a lot of fun. I'll come back and post pictures soon.

As for holidays... I LOVE me some National Momma V Day! (Also known as September 15th). It's a holiday in my house!!

10 songs everyone should hear at least once...

Day four's challenge is one that I am finding myself loving! I am very much into music so this was really hard for me to chose only 10 songs that I think everyone should hear.... So in no particular order..

Evanescence – My Immortal
The Beatles – Let it Be
John Lennon – Imagine
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Marvin Gaye - What's going on
The Beatles - Hey Jude
Buddy Holly - That'll be the day
Prince - Purple rain
The Eagles - Hotel California
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Ok, I'm going to throw in another MJ song and say Thriller too!!!

What am I most proud of....

You've all seen this picture 100 times, but THIS is what I am most proud of..


A day in the of me

To keep it simple... This was my day on July 2nd, 2010

715 ~ Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey?

830 ~ Off to our planned play class.

915 ~ Planned play for 45 minutes.

1130 ~ Made it home FINALLY! Between planned play and shopping and getting my eyebrows waxed, it was a busy morning.

1145 ~ Subway for lunch.... sweet

1230 until 215 ~ Clean clean clean.... Auntie is coming and it's time to clean~

230 ~ Off to Sky Harbor... I feel like I live there lately

455 ~ I see Auntie.... Here she comes!

640 ~ Made it home, time for dinner.

730 ~ Clean up clean up....

845 ~ Upstairs to get Will ready for bed. It's been a LONG day!

1000~ Lights out for me.... It's been a long day!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A 30 day challenge

So, here is peer pressure at it's finest. Well, Internet "bloggy" pressure anyways. I have always loved a challenge so here I go with the latest one... Vanessa put up a blog today about how she is joining this thing called a 30 Day Challenge. She had a link over to Prenda Le Stelle and she's pretty much telling me I should go do this too. So I figure why not. It will be fun to look back at this crazy month of July to see what I did, or thought or felt.

So today's assignment is for us to tell everyone single one of you about ourselves. This should be simple.... Maybe!

1. My name is Jessica. I hear my mother wanted to name me Jennifer but somebody talked her out of it. It wouldn't have mattered either way because there were at least 3 Jessica's and Jennifer's in my class at all times.
This is me ^^ (hey, it was my BFF's 30th b-day and I was designated carry the COACH lady. I had two of them at that point)

2. I married my best friend on May 06, 2007. His name is Carl. On most days I love him to the Moon and back. Days like today, well lets just say I wish his shift at work lasted 24 hours, haha!
^^ One of my favorite wedding pictures

3. We have FOUR (yes you read that correctly) amazingly handsome boys. As much as I thought I wanted a girl at one point, I would never trade any of them, for anything. These kids are going to keep me young.
^^here they are, taken in Feb of this year! Aren't they adorable?!?!

4. I don't have a TON of friends. I know a lot of great people and am becoming friendly with many more but I've been burned more times then I can count by supposed "friends". Lucky for me I have two BFF's of my own. One lives in NY. We'll call her KK!
^^ here we are together umm almost 2 years ago

and the other lives here in AZ. (I don't have a picture of the two of us together right now... need to work on that).

5. I am a HUGE fan of the Colts! Yes, the NFL team. I love love love football. On Sundays (and some Thur and Saturdays) you'll find me hanging out in front of the TV watching the games...

6. My son William has the cutest BFF in the whole world!
^^ enough said :-)

7. I miss my mother a TON! This month, on the 16th will be 5 years since she passed away. She never got to know my youngest son, or my niece Lily. They say it gets easier with time, but I am not so sure.
^^Here she is the night before she passed away. It really reminds you not to take ANYTHING for granted. And don't assume that someone will be here tomorrow, because my mom is living proof that that is not always the case.

OK, so there are a few things about me! I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds! I hope you enjoyed this posting!!